Hill & Moorland Leader


The Hill and Moorland Leader award is designed for people who want to lead groups in the hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland. This award is a wonderful opportunity to learn the leadership skills required to feel confident about taking people out walking. As you may have guessed from the descriptive title of this award, it focuses on non-mountainous terrain.

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What it’s all about?

Hill and Moorland Leaders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during your three day training course.

  • Walking and Route Finding
  • Navigation
  • Hazards and Emergency Procedures
  • Equipment
  • Responsibilities of the Leader
  • Group Management
  • Access, Conservation and Environmental Knowledge
  • Weather

Each area of the syllabus will be covered in detail empowering you to get out and feel confident that you can deliver a safe, enjoyable experience for a wide range of participants.

There are four stages in the scheme;

  1. Attend a three day training course
  2. Complete a consolidation period to increase your experience and knowledge.
  3. Attend and complete a three day assessment course.
  4. Continue to stay current and up to date

The Hill & Moorland Leader is suitable for a wide range of applications, this could be for Teachers or youth leaders who wish to take students on walks, or run the expeditions section of the DofE award.

Prerequisites and Registration

If you wish to attend a Hill & Moorland Leader Award course you need to register with Mountain Training. The registration is a one-off cost which gives you access to the Hill and Moorland Leader award and the Expedition Skills Module.

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You should have at least a year’s worth of experience of hill walking
  • You should have an interest in leading groups in the hills
  • You must have recorded a minimum of 20 Quality Hill Days (ideally on DLOG) which can have taken place at any point (pre- or post-registration)

If you can tick all of the above boxes, here’s what to do next:

  1. Create an account on our Candidate Management System or log in if you already have one.
  2. Register for the Hill and Moorland Leader scheme (this costs £44)

If you are uncertain or would like to discuss any aspect of this then please get in touch and we will be able to offer advice and guidance. We strongly advise you to read the syllabus prior to attending the course. There are also a series of FAQ’s on Mountain Trainings website.

Training Course Details

Non-Residential Cost £225.00 Three day Hill and Moorland Leader Training course is based around the Black Mountains. It covers all aspects of the syllabus as set out in the handbook and delivered by our team of passionate and professional instructors, who are all experienced in the delivery of the course but also working within the scope of the scheme.

Light refreshments are included in the course cost.

Residential Cost £295.00
The residential fee includes 3 nights comfortable bed & breakfast accommodation in shared rooms, starting the night before the course so you can relax and be ready for the early start. The Residential also includes lunch but not Dinner, However there is a bar and restaurant on site serving locally sourced food and drink!

Check-in time is from 4pm onwards and check-out time on the day of departure is 9am.

Course Program

The program will normally follow this format but changes may be made to make the best use of venues and weather conditions.

On day one please ensure you have a day bag packed and ready to go. This should include food for the day as we will lunch on the hill.

1Start 9am
Hill and Moorland Navigation LeadershipWeather
2Leaders Equipment
Environmental knowledge Access and conservation D-log
Background Knowledge
3Legal ResponsibilitiesHazards and Emergency Procedures Debriefs
Finish 5pm

Course Close

We will aim to finish by 5pm on the final day to allow time for people to travel home.

Kit List
You will need the following items as a minimum for the course…

  • Walking boots – Waterproof with good tread and ankle support.
  • Personal hill/mountain clothing sufficient for 2 days
  • A small day rucksack 20-40 litre Watch (with a digital stopwatch) not just a phone
  • A compass (Silva type 4 or similar)
  • 1:25000 OS map of the Beacons Explorer OL 13 (Maps should be laminated or in a small map case)

N.B. A full kit list will be provided when you book your course

Assessment Course Details

Non-Residential Cost – £230

Three day Hill and Moorland Leader assessment based around the Brecon Beacons. Assessment and further training as appropriate as set out by the syllabus. Light Refreshments are provided on the course.

Residential Cost – £295.00

The Residential course fee includes comfortable Bed & Breakfast accommodation based on a shared room, including the night before the course so you can arrive and relax. The Residential also includes packed lunches and light refreshments. There is a bar and restaurant on site serving locally sourced food and drink!

Upgrades to a private room and dinner packages may be available on request at an addition cost, dependant on availability.

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Can’t Find What You Want?

If you can’t find exactly what you want, get in touch. We can discuss your requirements and build a course around your needs! Give us a call on 07979 337751 or use our online enquiry form HERE